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2018 Volkswagen Beetle Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.4

The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle has an attractive cabin with a striking interior design. It's not the most luxurious cabin in the class, however, as there are many hard plastics. The front seats are comfortable, though the back seats are cramped. The Beetle's infotainment system and cabin controls are user-friendly.

  • Appropriate to the car's mission, the Beetle's cabin strives to be eye-catching on a budget. Big dashboard and door panels glossily finished in the exterior body color liven things up, as do textured leatherette seats and myriad metallic-trim bits. But this isn't a fancy interior; soft-touch dashboard materials are in short supply." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The Beetle's interior is clean and simple with easy-to-use controls and a center armrest." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The cabin is insulated from road, tire and wind noise." -- Edmunds (2017)

Seating

Both coupe and convertible models have seats for four on standard cloth upholstery. Available upgrades include V-Tex leatherette upholstery and heated front seats. The Beetle's front seats are comfortable and supportive, and they offer plenty of space. The knob used for adjusting the angle of the seatback is hard to reach. In the back, the seats don't offer much space for adults, though there is more room than you'll find in some of the Beetle's closest competitors. The sloping roofline and thick roof supports limit visibility out the back.

There are two sets of LATCH connectors in the back for installing child safety seats.

  • The wide and flat front seats are accommodating and generally supportive. There is a manual adjustment for lumbar, and seat recline is done with a crank knob on the side of the seat. This classic European design allows continuous adjustment of the recline angle, which is a welcome trait, but some found it difficult to reach and turn." -- Consumer Reports
  • The seats hug you without being oppressive. … Forward and side visibility are just fine, thanks to the large windshield and windows. Rear visibility is compromised due to the large pillars, rear headrests and small rear window. The standard rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors are appreciated." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • In either coupe or convertible form, the 2017 VW Beetle has four seats just like the Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-door and Fiat 500. While the VW's rear seats are roomier, it's still tight for adults." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Interior Features

The 2018 Beetle comes standard with a 5-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker stereo, and a rearview camera. Optional features include an upgraded 6.3-inch touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, navigation, a Fender premium audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, push-button start, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

The cabin controls are all easy to use. Physical controls for climate settings are straightforward, though some folks may find the markings hard to read. The infotainment system is user-friendly, but it's not as high-tech as those in some competitors. The optional Fender audio system has excellent sound quality.

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  • Not too challenging to master, despite some minor design flaws. The climate controls are three simple knobs; their markings are a bit difficult to read. The base radio is one of the simplest on the market, with actual knobs and buttons for all functions, even presets. (The uplevel touch-screen radio is easy enough to use as well.)" -- Consumer Reports
  • As far as infotainment systems go, the VW Beetle's isn't cutting-edge, but it is relatively easy to use and the screen resolution is sharp enough to read at a quick glance." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "But one item worth special mention, if you can pop for one of the top-line trims, is the terrific Fender Audio System. It's easy to operate and delivers great sound. If you're an audiophile, you need to check this out." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

Cargo

Beetle coupe models have 15.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and 29.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That's decent for a subcompact car, but some hatchback rivals offer significantly more space. The Beetle's roofline slopes down toward the rear, so there's not much space for tall objects. Beetle convertible models have only 7.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is poor for the class. There are several places – including two glove boxes – to store small personal items.

  • "This is a hatchback, meaning tall items will be limited by the sloping rear hatch." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Multiple storage bins hold cell phones and small items. And there's the 'kaeferfach' -- or Beetle bin -- an upper, secondary glove box." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The tiny little trunk holds just 7.1 cubic feet of junk, and access is tight. A big suitcase will not fit -- you're better off dropping the convertible top and tossing your bags in the back seat." -- Forbes (2013)

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